Michigan education officials are taking a new approach to assessing the progress of the state's charter schools. A state report due out today will look at academic growth by charter students this year compared with previous years, rather than comparing them with scores of students attending traditional public schools. "Comparing charter-school student achievement data with its own history is a good way, for now, to reflect how it is helping its own students grow academically," a state education spokesman said.

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